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New IT system for Denver transportation cuts $ 50,000 in annual energy costs

The Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Colorado announced last Tuesday the implementation of a new “green” solution for its operations with the adoption of Wyse hardware and Wyse TCX virtualization software with VMware View.


Vehicle technology and battery firms to partner in battery pack for hybrids

FEV, Inc., a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies for the transportation industry, announced its collaboration with Energy Innovation Group, Ltd. (EIG) for the development of a 21-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack.


LA international airport ground service equipment to run on RenTech fuel

Eight airlines signed a deal yesterday with clean energy company Rentech, Inc. and the Aircraft Service International Group to purchase 1.5 million gallons of renewable synthetic diesel fuel yearly. It will be used for Los Angeles International Airport’s ground service equipment starting in late 2012.


BMW’s electric car gets reactions from test drivers

The all-electric Mini Cooper vehicle has the advantage of making the most of its energy use. This was one of the benefits reported by some of the 450 drivers in the MINI E one-year trial period. The volunteer participants included private customers, municipalities, universities, public utilities and non-profit and commercial organizations.


BMW to release two new hybrid vehicles

BMW has announced two new hybrid vehicles set to hit the US market before the end of the year. The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and BMW ActiveHybrid X6 are, respectively, a luxury class and a sports activity coupe. Both operate on full hybrid drive.


US’s largest commercial hybrid deployment receives US $ 45.4 million

A US $ 45.4-million grant to develop plug-in hybrid electric power systems for 378 demonstration trucks and shuttle buses was given to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) last week by the Department of Energy (DOE). The program is the country’s largest commercial hybrid deployment to date.


Coulumb, GridPoint partner on first smart grid-enabled EV charging stations

GridPoint, Inc., a pioneer in smart grid software, has partnered with Coulomb Technologies, which develops infrastructure for electric vehicles, to develop the first ever smart grid-enabled charging stations.


Daimler Buses receives orders for diesel-electric hybrids

Daimler Buses North America, the leading commercial bus company in North America, has received major orders for diesel-electric hybrid buses in Canada and in various places in the United States.


PGE, Nissan and eTec partner in US’s largest electric vehicle project

Portland General Electric (PGE) partners with Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec) to be part of the largest electric vehicle project in United States history.


Th!nk drivetrain to be used by Japanese postal service

A drivetrain developed by Norwegian electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Th!nk has been selected for Japan’s postal service’s EV conversion plan.


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